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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

We are pleased to announce that the Community Advisory Board (CAB) will be holding several meetings in the further reaches of our listening area. These will be informal meetings, meaning that there may not be a quorum of CAB members present, and nothing will be voted on. The first meeting will be held in Elk on Tuesday evening, February 23rd, at the Greenwood School, 5150 S. Hwy 1, at 6:30 pm.

The CAB wants to hear from you, discuss what you are interested in regarding KZYX, and will take your comments to the next KZYX Board of Directors meeting. There will be snacks and beverages. For more information on the CAB meeting in Elk, call (707) 877-3475.

Thanks to those members who are running for open positions on the Board of Directors. To the right of this article you will find a list of candidates. Soon we will be posting the candidate statements. The on air candidate forum will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at 7pm.

Earlier this week I met with our former General Manager (John Coate) and our transmitter engineer. I was told the transmitters are in very good shape. The connections with our studios in Mendocino and Willits are not working well, and are going through complete software upgrades at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience to our programmers from Willits and Mendocino, and to our listeners, who have had to experience frequent drop outs of the studio connections. Our staff is standing by during all of our remote studio shows, and many of our programmers are coming to Philo to do their shows until the upgrades are completed and tested.

Thanks for your patience. Just so you know, some of us have been working 15-20 hour days to sort out technical difficulties and details. We want all of our broadcasts to run smoothly, and we have a steep learning curve to do what our long time Program Director/Music Director (Mary Aigner) and Operations Manager (Rich Culbertson) were able to accomplish on a daily basis. Mary retired after 22 years with the station, and Rich resigned after eight years of superb technical support. We have a big legacy to live up to!


Lorraine Dechter
General Manager KZYX & Z
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
(707) 895-2324

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Morning News for Thursday, March14th

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Wednesday morning, about 15 to 20 protesters once again faced off against CalTrans and its bulldozers to prevent a fence from being built at East Hill Road .


 

The protesters against the Willits Bypass believed that the type of heavy fence which CalTrans was attempting to erect was not the type agreed upon with the Army corps of engineers.


 

Bob chevalier stood in front of the excavator and a second piece of eqt was stopped by Jamie chevalier, and Sara Grusky.


According to an Earth First spokesperson, although HP officer Epperson told the demonstrators that they could be held in jail for a long period, no one was arrested.


 

Protesters agreed to stand fast and offered to leave if CalTrans agreed to stop work and meet with state sen noreen evans who yesterday wrote CalTrans director requesting a meeting and telling him that opposition against the Bypass was growing.


 

After three hours of stand off, the CalTrans crew packed up and left about 11:30 am.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the massive 2011 raid n Mendocino National Forest called "Full Court Press", there have been few federal pot prosecutions in Mendocino County, according to an article in the Willits News written by Linda Williams.

Of the 16 men arrested on the Lake and Mendocino County side of the forest , only one was prosecuted for cultivation of marijuana. Jose Antonio Tamez pleaded guilty to illegally re-entering the United States for a second time and cultivation of marijuana and sentenced to five years in prison.

The four other men who had prior immigration offenses received between time-served and 90 days in prison, plus one year of supervised released. A fifth man was sentenced to six months in jail. The rest of the men were released for time served.

It's a sharp contrast to federal marijuana prosecutions in the eastern side of California.

While case details on these individual cases were not available, it is clear there is a different priority given to prosecuting marijuana crimes at the federal level in other parts of the state.

The main marijuana action taken by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern California District seems to be directed toward county officials, using subpoenas and letters.



 

 

 

The Ukiah City Council last week approved a new retirement incentive for Ukiah Fire Department employees .


Human Resources Director Melody Harris urged the council to grant a new window of 90 days from April 1st to June 30, 2013 for the incentive, which is "Two Years Additional Service Credit to eligible Fire Engineers, 50 years old with at least five years of Public SErvice.

According to Harris' staff report, two engineers are eligible for the incentive and if both retire, "the cost would be approximately $109,834, amortized over the next 20 years, (and) the annual payroll savings ... would be approximately $237,781."

Harris said the incentive was being offered as the UFD is working more closely with Ukiah Valley Fire District and exploring "various staffing scenarios," particularly now that the city is no longer providing ambulance service.

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MCPB Board of Directors Elections

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is holding elections for its Board of Directors. If you were a KZYX member in good standing by December 31st, you will soon be receiving a ballot for the election of the board's open seats. (All of our programmers will also receive a ballot for the Programmer-Elected seat)

Your  ballot must be returned by mail in the envelope provided. Do NOT send your ballot to the station! If you do, it will not be counted. We must receive your ballot by March 31st.

To find out about the candidates, tune in to the on-air candidates forum on Thurs., March 3rd at 7pm.

If you haven't received your ballot by March 1st, please let us know by sending an email to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling the station at (707) 895-2324.

The candidates are as follows:

AT LARGE SEAT CANDIDATES:

John Azarro

John Sakowicz

Charlie Hochberg

Richard Louis Miller

Jeff Wright

PROGRAMMER CANDIDATES:

Stuart Campbell

Robert Vaughan

Johanna Wildoak

1st DISTRICT CANDIDATE:

Jonathon Middlebrook

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS COMING SOON!

Get The KZYX App For Your iPhone

Go to the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for KZYX.  The app is free of charge.  It's a great way to get the live stream, the KZYX Jukebox, this website and to make a donation.  Follow this link for a preview and easy access to the download.  Or if you want to type it out here is the URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kzyx/id998145015?mt=8

KZYX Phone Numbers

Business office 707-895-2324

Philo studio 707-895-2448

Willits studio 707-456-9991

Mendocino studio 707-937-5103

KZYX Underwriting

KZYX doesn’t play commercials but we do have underwriting, which is very different from advertising. It is a great way to support KZYX and in exchange we will let our listeners know what goods and services your organization offers.

For questions about underwriting on KZYX, call (707) 895-2324 or email uw [at] kzyx [dot] org